Ralph Gemelli, MD, Psychiatrist in Washington
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst providing individual psychotherapy, play therapy, couples therapy, pharmacotherapy and psychoanalysis to patients for a variety of presenting symptoms: anxiety, depression, poor school performance, stuttering, lack of motivation, and finding oneself in relationships with people who are devaluating and/or abusive. My interpersonal focus is to help patients to become aware (by being mindful) of what he or she conciously or unconcoiusly does that prevent the patient from gratifying his or her needs.
I am experienced in successfully treating child and adults burdened with the problem of stuttering.To develop stuttering a person must possess a genetically derived physiological vulnerability in the speech mechanism and the often unconscious anxiety about verbalizing certain thoughts and feelings. Stuttering can be cured when patients are motivated.
My overall treatment goal is to awaken patients innate motivation (1) to achieve/reawaken the life goals, aspirations and dreams that were criticized/ignored during their lives, (2) to seek/maintain the available/possible healthy relationships, (3) by identifying and treating the aspects of their mental functioning that prohibit (1) and (2).
Call or Email Ralph Gemelli for a free phone consultation now - (202) 558-0285


  • Years in Practice: 30+ Years
  • School: Cornell Medical College
  • Year Graduated: 1972
  • License No. and State: MD8567 District of Columbia
  • Board Certification: Child and Adult Psychiatry


  • Avg Cost (per session): $180 - $300
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Wire

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: ABPN / Board Cert Child & Adult Psych
  • Certificate Date: 1980
  • Certificate: Washington Psychoanalytic Inst / Child, adolescent and Adult Ps
  • Certificate Date: 1989

Ralph Gemelli's Groups

Adult Stutterers Group

A group is being formed for adult stutterers who have had speech therapy and are not motivated to use speech techniques that modify their stuttering, like speaking at a slow rate or using 'Hollins," because they are embarrassed about how their speech subsequently sounds. In addressing difficulties in using speech techniques, individuals may not only become more tolerant of using these techniques but also become motivated to understanding why he or she stutters more in certain situations or with certain people. The result can be a significant decrease in the adult's stuttering or even a complete cessation of stuttering.

More about this group


  • Child, Adolescent and Adult Stuttering
  • Depression
  • Child or Adolescent


  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Medication Management
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Video Game Addiction

Mental Health

  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: African-American and Asian
Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Aviation Professionals
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Apathy in Overly Indulged Adolescents
  • Attachment-based
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal
  • Medication/Understanding of Depression and Anxiety
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Trauma Focused
  • Treatment of Stuttering


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017
Ralph Gemelli, MD, Psychiatrist in Washington

Ralph Gemelli

Psychiatrist, MD